Dear Catherine Rose, Hugh,
We send you our condolences on Nan’s passing. We pray that she Rest In Peace. And we pray that you and the grandchildren will get some consolation from the many, many happy memories you must have of Nan. We were reminded by your eloquent eulogy at today’s funeral, Catherine Rose, Just how much your Mom was a Renaissance woman, extraordinary in her range of sympathies and accomplishments. Your listing of all the online courses Nan was taking last spring was remarkable.
Someone at the funeral referred to the luggage carrier on Nan’s car, which was so much part of her that, wherever we were in the diocese, whatever parish we were visiting, when we saw that luggage carrier we knew that Nan was there too. And that fact, that she seemed to be everywhere, has always stood out for me about Nan, who was always a faithful parishioner of St Catherine’s but also always a woman of the entire local church, that is, of the Diocese of Bridgeport. Nan knew and related to parishioners from one end of the diocese to the other.
We knew her at St Catherine’s—indeed, Nan was probably the first parishioner we met when we first joined the parish, as single people, back in the mid-70s. We had to leave St Catherine’s after 25 wonderful years when we moved to North Stamford, but Jack tried to get to daily Mass there or at St Aloysius in New Canaan, and he frequently ran into Nan at one place or the other. It would not be unusual for Nan and Jack to spend an hour at a time visiting after the Mass, because there was always so much to talk about with her. We will never forget one daily Mass at St Catherine’s three or four years ago, when we went to Mass that day because it was our wedding anniversary—as Mass started, we mentioned to Nan what day it was And at the first opportunity she sang out to Fr Bill Platt that we were celebrating our anniversary! Such a gesture was typical of her thoughtfulness, her ministry of caring and support for everyone.
Ellen wrote these words about Nan to a friend yesterday: “Nan was a presence in the Bridgeport Diocese always;we ran into her at daily Masses in at least 5 parishes we availed ourselves of, and she was ever a support to me in EPS (which she never needed but always supported) and in Bible Study, which she brought real depth to. A soul-mate and a real loss, but I am sure all heaven danced at her arrival!”
God bless you and keep you all,
Deacon Jack and Dr Ellen Mahon